Songs & Scenes: Sunday Liturgy Recap, November 9, 2014

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Songs and Scenes is a weekly blog review of songs, readings and prayers featured in The Crossing’s Sunday morning liturgy.

Today’s liturgy recap features photos by Gerik Parmele. Gerik’s photography (along with the work of Ryan Pflasterer) will be on display at the Imago Gallery & Cultural Center November 11, 2014 – January 2, 2015. Be sure to check it out.

You’ll find links in the song titles that will allow you to purchase recorded versions of the songs when available.

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1. Call to Worship: Based on Psalm 121:1-2 and Belonging to God: Catechism Resources for Worship

I lift up my eyes to the mountains—
where does my help come from?

My help comes from the Lord,
the Maker of heaven and earth.

What did God do to help us?

We believe God chose the people of Israel
to make a new beginning.
They received God’s covenant promise
and prepared the way
for Jesus to come as our Savior.

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2. Behold Our God by Jonathan Baird, Meghan Baird and Stephen Altrogge

Who has felt the nails upon His hands,
Bearing all the guilt of sinful man?
God eternal humbled to the grave,
Jesus, Savior risen now to reign!

Behold our God, seated on His throne,
come, let us adore Him.
Behold our King, nothing can compare,
come, let us adore Him!

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3. God Who Saves by Aaron Senseman

There is life in the blood of the lamb who was slain.
There is power, there is power in His name.
There is love pouring out of the wounds that were made;
Pouring out, pouring over our shame

Praise the God who saves.
Praise the God who bled.
Praise the God who was nailed to a tree
and wore our sins upon His head.

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4. Prayer of Confession (adapted from Grace Presbyterian Church, Seattle)

God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ
we come to you in sorrow for our sins.
For turning away from you,
and ignoring your will for our lives;

Father, forgive us
according to the riches of your grace in Christ.

For going through the motions
instead of fully engaging our hearts with you,
Lord, have mercy.

For holding back areas of our lives
from being set apart for you,
Lord, have mercy.

For self-centered uses of our gifts,
our time, and our money,
Lord, have mercy.

For our sexual sins that grieve your indwelling Spirit,
Lord, have mercy.

For our sins against your body, the church,
Lord, have mercy.

Through the sacrifice of Your Son,
forgive us our sins
and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Amen.

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5. The Gospel Song by Bob Kauflin and Drew Jones

Holy God, in love, became
perfect Man to bear my blame.
On the cross He took my sin.
By His death I live again.

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6. Assurance of Forgiveness: based on Colossians 1:19-22 (adapted from The Worship Sourcebook)

In Christ all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell
and through Christ God reconciled everything to himself.
He made peace with everything in heaven and earth
by means of Christ’s blood on the cross.
This includes you who were once far away from God.

We were his enemies, separated from him by our evil thoughts and actions.
Yet now he has reconciled us to himself through the death of Christ in his physical body.
As a result, he has brought us into his own presence,
and we are holy and blameless as we stand before him without a single fault.

Brothers and sisters, through the cross of Christ
we are forgiven, redeemed, and restored
to a right relationship with God.

Thanks be to God! Amen.

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7. In the Shadow of the Glorious Cross by Brooks Ritter and Rebecca Eliot

In the shadow of the glorious cross
Compelled by grace to cast my lot
Iʼll discard the loss and bare your name
Forsaking all for your own fame

When deathʼs dark shadowʼs at my feet
When I am plagued by unbelief
You place my hands into your side
By precious blood identified
By precious blood identified

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8. Communion Song: Satisfied – Words: Clara T. Williams (1875), Music: Tifah Phillips

Well of water, ever springing,
Bread of life so rich and free,
Untold wealth that never faileth,
My Redeemer is to me.

Hallelujah! He has found me,
the One my soul so long has craved!
Jesus satisfies my longings,
through his blood I now am saved.

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9. Communion Song: Jesus, Thank You by Pat Sczebel

The mystery of the cross, I cannot comprehend
the agonies of Calvary.
You the perfect Holy One, crushed Your Son
who drank the bitter cup reserved for me.

Your blood has washed away my sin;
Jesus, thank You.
The Father’s wrath completely satisfied;
Jesus, thank You.
Once Your enemy, now seated at Your table;
Jesus, thank You.

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Music Team for November 9, 2014:

Andrew Camp: vocals, mandolin
Kristen Camp: vocals
David Currey: pedal steel guitar
Ashley Gross: vocals, percussion
Andrew Herndon: acoustic guitar
Scott Johnson: worship leader, acoustic guitar, piano
Stephen Varner: drums
Greg Wiele: bass guitar

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